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This Starting Point webpage is a summary of a role-playing resource called Worldwatcher Project: Global Warming Project. In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site offers a short curriculum to help the students become experts on global warming. It offers lab activities, computer visualizations (using free WorldWatcher software), ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit, Project, Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Visualization - scientific, Ref. material, Calculation / Conversion tool, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science, Physical geography, Geology, Physics, Policy issues
 
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In 1876 General Henry M. Robert set out to bring the rules of the American Congress to members of ordinary societies with the publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order. It sold half a million copies before this revision of 1915 and made Robert's name synonymous with the orderly rule of reason in deliberative societies. Users can access Robert's Rules of Order here. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Policy issues
 
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Model United Nations (UN) is an authentic simulation of the U.N. General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. This Headquarters homepage offers an 'ask an ambassador' section, an overview of the Model UN, FAQ, information on how to get started and how to prepare for a conference. Users can also follow links to several interactive forums, a conference calendar, additional links and e-news. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Module / Unit, Ref. material
Subject: Policy issues
 
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This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses a mock trial in which undergraduates serve as expert witnesses and law students serve as their attorneys. The article identifies the trial as an effective vehicle for developing quantitative skills and enhancing written and oral communication skills. The course discussed is unabashedly about applying scientific principles to solve real-world problems. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Policy issues
 
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Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action organization. They use law, science and the support of more than 1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. On their homepage, users may access a wide variety of information including topic home pages (such as clean air, ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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The Worldwatch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing making it a good source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Worldwatch's work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society - and how to achieve it. From their homepage, users can follow ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This website summarizes the outcomes and papers presented at the December 1995 Kyoto Conference. The Conference discussed Sustainable Contribution of Fisheries to Food Security. This page includes the Kyoto declaration and plan of action as well as executive summaries presented at the conference. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report
Subject: Biological oceanography, Policy issues
 
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The National Geographic Society's global energy debate lesson plan explores the controversial issues surrounding the energy debate in the United States. Students will research recent initiatives being taken in this area and analyze their implications. They will then assume the roles of pivotal stakeholders in this debate and testify to a mock congressional committee responsible for making decisions ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This lesson familiarizes students with the different types of transnational pollution, and gives them an opportunity to role-play in a hypothetical case of transnational pollution involving the Danube River. The major goal of this activity is to show students that an incident in one nation may well have serious environmental consequences for other nations. Additionally, it will give students an opportunity ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This site from SERC features Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about health in Africa. The questions examine the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of using handheld medical technology in Africa and whether or not the use of such technology should continue to be explored and developed. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Policy issues
 
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